The AVMA's Veterinary Workforce Report found there were 90,200 veterinarians in the U.S. last year but demand for roughly 78,950, leaving 12.5% underemployed. Preventive care visits, especially for cats, declined in tandem with the economic downturn, according to Dr. Michael Dicks, who leads the AVMA's economics division. Meanwhile, the cost of opening a veterinary clinic has risen substantially, according to Oregon Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Todd McNabb. But interest in the profession continues to grow, with Oregon State University's veterinary school seeing record numbers of applicants.

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